Songwriter, Producer, Film Composer, and Mix Engineer, Michael Ferraro is a graduate of Musicians Institute Los Angeles' Audio Engineering and Post Production program, he collaborates with other artists to fully develop their vision through sound. He loves when he gets the opportunity to tell a story from beginning to end —
Since his first guitar lesson at the age of ten, Mike has been a dedicated musician — composing, performing, producing, and teaching music for over 15 years.
In 2011, he formed the band Candelora. They released their debut album in 2012 (produced by Douglas Romanow) and played festivals alongside the likes of Pearl Jam, Metric, Wintersleep, Grizzly Bear and White Lies. In 2022, he formed a new band, Pinebarren, with their debut album to be released in January 2023
Michael is a graduate of the Artist, Engineering, and Post Production programs at Musicians Institute Los Angeles. As a film composer and production engineer, he collaborates with other artists to fully develop their vision through sound. He loves when he gets the opportunity to tell a story from beginning to end — from idea generation, to writing, performing, recording and producing.
Mike has written original score and songs for films such as A.R.C.H.I.E 2 (starring Michael J Fox) and Cagefighter: Worlds Collide (starring Gina Gershon)
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Interview with Michael Ferraro
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: scoring & orchestration for the film "More Together" production and mixing for indie rock band "Pinebarren"
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: My preferred method of the last few years has been to work predominantly digital, while using an analog summing mixer. Best of both worlds!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: 1965 Fender Stratocaster UAD Apollo 8x Nord Stage 3 UAD OX AKG C12 VR
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: 15 years as a songwriter and performer, 10 years as a producer / composer
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Film Music, Indie Rock
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Professional Home studio, fully sound treated. Gear List includes Universal Audio Apollo x8 Dangerous Music 2bus+ Universal Audio OX plugins UAD full suite Waves Gold Collection Melodyne Fabfilter Pro Q3, MB Syncro Arts Vocalign Izotope Rx9, Ozone 9 Soundtoys 5 Instruments 1965 Vintage Fender Stratocaster 1966 Vintage Fender Princeton Reverb 1952 Fender custom shop Telecaster Gibson custom 1958 Les Paul Martin D-28 Marquis Nord Stage 3 VOX AC30 H2 Many guitar effects (Chase Bliss, Strymon, Keely, Analogman etc) Microphones AKG C12 VR Shure SM7B Shure SM57 Rode NTG-3
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: John Carpenter, Shawn Everett, Radiohead, Bob Clearmountain, Prince
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing, Producing, Composing